Arthur Hawthorn

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Arthur Hawthorn
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22nd Treasurer of Queensland
In office
29 October 1908 – 7 February 1911
Preceded byPeter Airey
Succeeded byWalter Barnes
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Enoggera
In office
11 March 1902 – 7 February 1911
Preceded byMatthew Reid
Succeeded byRichard Trout
Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
In office
11 February 1911 – 23 March 1912
In office
1 July 1912 – 23 March 1922
Personal details
Arthur George Clarence Hawthorn

(1859-10-31)31 October 1859
Hobart Town, Tasmania, Australia
Died6 May 1934(1934-05-06) (aged 74)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting placeToowong Cemetery
Political partyMinisterial
Spouse(s)Mary Stewart (m.1894 d.1949)

Arthur George Clarence Hawthorn (31 October 1859 – 6 May 1934) was a solicitor, and member of both the Queensland Legislative Council and Queensland Legislative Assembly.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hawthorn was born in October 1859 at Hobart Town, Tasmania, to George Hawthorn, shipmaster, and his wife Isabella Marie Louise (née Steele). Educated at Hobart High School, he was articled to three separate firms before being admitted as a solicitor in 1884 and immediately received an offer from Brisbane solicitor, Thomas Macdonald-Paterson to join him as a partner in the firm Macdonald-Patterson, Fitzgerald & Hawthorn. The firm was later to become Hawthorn & Byram in 1900, Hawthorn & Lightoller in 1916, and A. G. C. Hawthorn & Co. in 1931.[2]

Political career[edit]

Hawthorn was elected to the Ithaca Shire Council in 1899, and rose to be president in 1901. From 1901 until 1904 he was also an executive of the Local Authorities' Association of Queensland.[2]

At the 1902 Queensland elections, Hawthorn, representing the Ministerialists, contested the seat of Enoggera, soundly defeating the sitting Labour member, Matthew Reid.[3] During his time as member, Hawthorn was twice Home Secretary, for eight months in 1907 and for four months in 1908.[1] On 29 October 1908, Hawthorn was appointed Treasurer of Queensland, remaining in the role until his resignation from the Legislative Assembly on 7 February 1911.[1]

Headstone of Arthur George Clarence Hawthorn

Four days after his resignation, Hawthorn was appointed to the Legislative Council,[4] but resigned on 23 March 1912 to unsuccessfully contest the seat of Ithaca at the 1912 Queensland state election where he was defeated by the Labor candidate, John Gilday.[5] Three months later, he was once again appointed to the Council, this time remaining there till it was abolished in March 1922.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Hawthorn married Mary Stewart (died 1949)[7] at Glen Lyon[8] on 12 December 1894 and together had two daughters.[1] He died in May 1934[9] and his funeral proceeded from Farnborough, his home in Ashgrove to the Toowong Cemetery.[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "Former Members". Parliament of Queensland. 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b Hawthorn, Arthur George Clarence (1859–1934)Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  3. ^ "ENOGGERA". The Brisbane Courier. 12 March 1902. p. 7. Retrieved 4 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "THE POLITICAL CHANGES". The Brisbane Courier. 13 February 1911. p. 7. Retrieved 4 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "ITHACA". The Brisbane Courier. 29 April 1912. p. 5. Retrieved 11 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL". The Brisbane Courier. 2 July 1912. p. 7. Retrieved 4 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ Family history researchQueensland Government births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Social Gossip". The Queenslander. 15 December 1894. p. 1148. Retrieved 25 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "MR. A. G. C. HAWTHORN". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 May 1934. p. 14. Retrieved 4 April 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Family Notices". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 7 May 1934. p. 10. Retrieved 25 January 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Matthew Reid
Member for Enoggera
Succeeded by
Richard Trout
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Airey
Treasurer of Queensland
Succeeded by
Walter Barnes